Charging forward

Charging forward

Emma Segelov, Head of Marketing for MK Electric, discusses the role of wiring devices in renovation and retrofit projects.

Over the past decade, innovations in technology have changed the way we live and work. Consequently, it’s vital for electricians working on refurbishment projects to carefully consider the wiring devices they use, in order to ensure longevity and usability for building occupants – and the option of USB charging is quickly becoming a highly sought-after convenience.

By incorporating socket outlets which feature USB charging ports, electricians can help to ensure that occupants always have access to the charge they require – all they need to carry is the cable to connect their gadget to the charging point.

USB integrated sockets have proved to be particularly popular in environments such as universities and colleges, but the scope for the technology goes well beyond this. Many other commercial environments such as coffee shops, hotels, and corporate premises, are now beginning to realise the potential appeal these power points hold for customers.

MK Electric’s USB integrated sockets offer innovative Dynamic Device Recognition (DDR), which is specifically designed to detect charging configurations from a range of manufacturers and react accordingly for optimal and efficient charging. When choosing wiring devices with USB charging capability, it’s crucial to look for DDR.

It is a key feature, as different devices charge in distinct ways – for example, a USB charger which works for an iPhone may not effectively charge an iPad. DDR ensures that each device recognises the USB integrated socket outlet as it would its own charger, and therefore draws current to the level which it is designed for. In a busy office or hotel where efficiency is of the essence, this function saves valuable time and resources.

Furthermore, MK’s USB Integrated Sockets are also designed with additional inherent safety features, such as current limiting to 2A. This protects the socket against an overload or short circuit, preventing potential electrical fires and ensuring optimum safety for the user.

USB sockets are simple to incorporate in refurb and retrofit opportunities as they can simply replace existing sockets. MK Electric’s Logic Plus range has been re-engineered to fit into a standard 25mm back box, allowing for a quick and easy installation. This is good news for refurb projects, as operating a simple product switch saves on both time, resources and money, making the job efficient and effective.

USB charging capability is available within seven MK Electric wiring device ranges – Logic Plus, Metalclad Plus, MK Dimensions, Albany Plus, Edge, Aspect and Elements – offering the widest choice and flexibility to suit any application. Thanks to this wide range of wiring devices available, there is a suitable option for every environment, interior décor and function.

MK Electric is the UK’s leading electrical accessories manufacturer and part of the Honeywell family.


For further information, visit www.mkelectric.co.uk

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